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The Right To Bear Arms

Danilo Zacapa-Diaz was living happily ever after in Anderson Valley after a felony bust 10 years ago. He had a wife and family of three kids and another on the…

Shepherds & Pot Growers

Shepherds & Pot Growers

Mrs. Witt sounded a little like Zsa Zsa Gabor in Green Acres, a 1970s parody of a rich couple who moved from a penthouse to a hardscrabble farmstead. It sounded…

Bike Roulette On Mendo Roads

Bike Roulette On Mendo Roads

Gabriel Ray, the young man who mowed down five bicyclists on the Old Ukiah Road between Hopland and Ukiah last winter, has been bound over for trial after a lengthy…

Law & Disorder

Law & Disorder

It is alleged that Frank and Patricia Thomas had five greenhouses full of marijuana plants, 2,648 in all, 527 pounds of processed bud, 212 pounds of shake — which used…

Three Sentencings

Timothy Abshire was held to answer and bound over for trial on three felony counts last week, the most prominent being count one, the attempted murder of a police officer.…

The Charmer

The Charmer

The suave, ineffable James Perkins bowed out last week. Took his leave, as it were, from his lovely wife and beloved hometown of Ukiah. Went on a kind of sabbatical,…

Family Feud, Covelo Style

A family feud in Covelo is no hokey-jokey television show, friends. Covelo people have been killed in feuds that have gone on for generations, some of them inside families. Last…

Bicycle Roulette

Gabriel Ray is the man accused of “mowing down” five bicyclists on Old River Road near Hopland last January 30th. The 18-year old has been charged with five counts of…

Pillow Talk

Pillow Talk

With our overpowering popular culture a death mix of pornography and homicidal recommendations set to music, it's no surprise that profanity now characterizes much of the formal testimony in the…

Terror In the Vineyard

Terror In the Vineyard

The Piffero Vineyard was the scene of a benign birthday party that ended unbenignly with the police shooting of Timothy Abshire. On the afternoon of Last November 15th last year,…

Doorstep Dog Poop and a Hernia the Size of a Volleyball

On September 1st of last year, Ukiah Police Officer Isabel Madrigal was dispatched to the laundromat in the 500 block of North State Street where she'd been summoned by Mr.…

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